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Environment

Sustainable POPs Management Project in Egypt



The purpose of the Technical Assistance was to assist EEAA in preparing a Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) project document including (a) elaborating the technical aspects of the project so as to fill gaps and provide a sound and cost-effective basis for the project, (b) to facilitate a smooth and early start to project implementation by undertaking initial capacity building work.

IDC provided three (3) senior consultants namely the Institutional Assessment Expert/Deputy Team Leader; the Training Expert; and the Chemical and Waste Management Expert. The IDC team participated with the International consultants in the implementation of the following activities: (a) policy strengthening to assist EEAA to prepare action plan for POPs management till 2015; (b) capacity building activities including capacity assessment and capacity development plan for the project, including institutional set up required for implementation; (c) development of an inventory and tracking system for hazardous waste including POPs to be implemented by the project; and (d) management of obsolete pesticide stocks, PCBs, and dioxin and furans from industrial sources.

Period: June – October 2011

Client: The Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA)/ World Bank/ GEF


Preparation of the Environmental Impact Assessment Report for a Pharmaceutical Factory in Alexandria

The assignment involved the preparation of an EIA study for a pharmaceutical factory for the production of ethical drugs and syrups to be located at Borg Al Arab industrial zone near Alexandria. The project is expected to cover an area of approximately 32 thousand meters square, with a built-up area equal to 60% of the total area.

IDC was responsible to prepare the EIA report of the project including:

  • Description of the project (brief description, components,  timing for construction and operation…etc)
  • Baseline conditions and project area boundaries
  • Impacts of proposed project (identification of impacts on environmental components, mitigation measures for adverse impacts)
  • Evaluation of alternatives
  • Planned environmental monitoring

Period: June – September 2011

Client: Private Sector Company


Preparation of the Environmental Impact Assessment Report for a Touristic Resort at Marsa Alam



The assignment involved the preparation of an EIA study for a touristic resort to be located at Marsa Alam area near Hurghada on the Red Sea in Egypt. The project is expected to cover an area equal to 210 thousand square meters a nd to include  a main hotel comprised of 250 rooms and 30 suits; one hundred chalet/bungalos; and 10 separate villas.

IDC was responsible to prepare the EIA report of the project including:

  • Description of the project (brief description, components, timing for construction and operation…etc)
  • Baseline conditions and project area boundaries
  • Impacts of proposed project (identification of impacts on environmental components, mitigation measures for adverse impacts)
  • Evaluation of alternatives
  • Planned environmental monitoring  

Period: March – July 2011

Client: Private Sector Company


Assessment and Strategy Development in Response to Impact of Sea Level Rise on Migration in Egypt – Community Strategic Panning Exercise

The objective of this consulting assignment was the implementation of a strategic planning exercise to identify potential pilot initiatives to address/mitigate the potential consequences of Sea Level Rise (SLR) on migration within two communities living in low elevation areas southeast of Alexandria; Abo Qir East and West.

The specific objectives of the project were:

  • Identification of the main potential impacts of SLR on Abu Quir East and Abu Quir West communities;
  • Categorization and incorporation of the views of primary stakeholders into Plan;
  • Definition of a clear and concise vision for the two communities, in light of the identified migration implications of SLR, and recommendation of practical interventions to priority issues; and
  • Proposition of community-based strategy and hence relevant potential pilot activities (interventions)

IDC's scope of work included the following activities:

  • Implementing interviews and focus groups with relevant stakeholders to gather community perspectives and priorities;
  • Developing a community profile and situation analysis;
  • Conducting a workshop with key stakeholders to present and disseminate results, reach consensus on community needs, raise awareness of potential migration issues and community constraints, and discuss/agree on potential interventions; and
  • Designing three pilot interventions in light of findings and within the context of a comprehensive community strategic plan

Period: October - December 2010

Client: International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Mediterranean Hot Spot Investment Programme – Project Preparation and Implementation Facility (MeHIP-PPIF)

The overall objectives of the project were to:

  • Contribute towards achieving the Horizon 2020 goal of de-polluting the Mediterranean Sea by the year 2020;
  • Identify and prepare high priority, sustainable investment projects which will make a significant contribution to de-pollution of the Mediterranean and have a demonstration effect in target sectors; and
  • Promote adequate and sound industrial waste management, urban waste water management and solid waste management in the South Mediterranean region.

The scope of work provided by the consultant was to:

  • Promote and oversee the development of an integrated solid waste management system and update the relevant technical parameters;
  • Estimate the investment, operational and total costs associated with different treatment processes and compare the different scenarios;
  • Carry out sensitivity analysis, including conduction of discussion of the outcomes including recommendations for financial packaging;
  • Engage in literature review and stakeholder meetings to assess the current state of knowledge and ongoing studies on pollution sources and similar regional de-pollution initiatives;
  • Identify any sector reform issues critical to preparing bankable projects and propose solutions;
  • Participate in identifying 10 mature, priority projects suitable for EIB finance within two years; and
  • Participate in preparing detailed implementation plans for the identified EIB projects

Period: June 2009 – March 2010

Client: European Union

The Preparation of the Terms of Reference and Guidelines for the Call for Proposals for the Regional Programme Entitled 'Sustainable Water Management and De-Pollution of the Mediterranean'

The overall objective of this framework contract was to assist the EC in the preparation of the technical documents related to the two components of the new Regional Programme: Sustainable Water Management and de-pollution of the Mediterranean.

The specific objectives of the contract were to 1) assist the EC for the preparation of the ToR and Procurement Notice for the support mechanism; and 2) assist the EC for the preparation of the Guidelines of the Call for Proposals for the Demonstration Projects Component

IDC provided the Team Leader for the mission, whose scope of work comprised:

  • Conducting field missions in Brussels, Greece, other EU Member states and ENPI South partner countries to meet with relevant cooperation partners at the national and international organization levels, as well as bilateral donors;
  • Submitting a Procurement Notice template, emphasizing the conditions of participation and selection and award criteria;
  • Preparing the ToRs with logical framework, following the EuropeAid template, including the budget breakdown over expert categories; and
  • Composing the Guidelines of the Call for Proposals following the EuropeAid template

Period: July 2009 – April 2010

Client: European Union

"Design, prepare, and execute a training Program on Health Care Waste Management (HCWM) for Health Care Workers at Ismailia Governorate"

The Environmental Management of the Unit (EMU) is one of seven components forming the EEAA/DANIDA Environmental Sector Programme (ESP). The EMU main objective is to support the on-going Egyptian processes to build capacity at the local level within 18 Governorates that has very close linkages to the ongoing ESP and other donor support. One of the main targets of the EMU is to establish a number of pilot projects at several governorates including Ismailia HCWM project.

IDC was responsible to provide a total training solution including the preparation, organization, coordination and delivery of 5 training courses for a total number of 156 trainees and supervise another 3 courses for various staff categories (managers, physicians, nurses, technicians, and workers) currently working in the Directorate of Health and Population and various health care facilities at Ismailia Governorate. The overall objective of the training program was to enable trainees to implement a sound HCWM system in their health care facilities. The detailed objectives included delivery of one "Training of trainers" course to a group of personnel (first category) who will be assigned to train different categories of health care workers at various facilities in the future. The other 4 courses were delivered to various health care staff categories. The trained staff in the first category were supervised during their delivery of training to physicians, nurses, and workers from various facilities.

Period:
October 2008 – December 2008.

Client: The Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA)/ DANIDA.

 

 

"Planning Support to Regional Branch Offices (RBOsThe Support to Decentralized Environmental Management (SDEM) is one of seven components forming the EEAA/DANIDA Environmental Sector Programme (ESP). The SDEM support in shifting environmental management to the regional level. The goal is that regional branch offices are well established and equipped, enabling the EEAA to carry out its functions at the local level and effectively service decentralized institutions involved in environmental management.

The overall objective of the SDEM component (of ESP) at the RBOs level is to strengthen participating RBOs to be better able to fulfil their mandate according to the Environmental Law 4/94.

The specific objective of the consultancy assignment was to support the RBOs in preparing, implementing and reviewing annual action plans, through formulating 5 outputs/ deliverables, as follows:

  • Support implementing the environmental indicators for RBOs
  • Review identified assumptions and risks of the plans developed by RBOs
  • Develop monitoring and follow up reports of plans implementation
  • Develop performance enhancement of two (2) RBOs, as pilot activity
  • Develop planning directives by implementing planning manual (including procedures, references, forms, indicators)

The final outputs/ deliverables were prepared using a participatory approach with the Planning and Follow up Department at the Branches' Affairs Sector- EEAA. The results of the consultancy assignment were communicated with various RBOs and extensively discussed with two RBOs (the North West of Delta RBO at Alexandria, and the Canal Zone RBO in Suez).

Period: May 2008 – September 2008

Client: The Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA)/ DANIDA.


Helwan Governorate Environmental Action Plan

As in all Egyptian municipalities, Helwan is facing several challenges in managing environmental issues. This could require addressing several environmental problems simultaneously, including but not limited to; pure drinking water supply, waste water management in households and facilities, and managing municipality solid and hazardous waste etc. The list of environmental challenges seems to be endless, whereas the available resources are limited. Thus, facing these environmental challenges is not considered a luxury issue, but a necessity.

The main objective of the Helwan Governorate Environmental Action Plan is improving the quality of the environment and hence improving the quality of life for the region residents. The scope of work included:

  • Defining the main environmental issues and prioritizing actions to improve the indoor, outdoor and working environment and to reduce the negative environmental effects addressed in the environmental profile.
  • Demonstrating and clarifying the primary and secondary view points and ambitions of the concerned parties that contributed in preparing these view points.
  • Defining the region's future environmental vision, suggesting practical and cost effective solutions for the top priority environmental issues that concern the governorate.
  • Setting of goals, strategies, and improving programs for directing and guiding the society on its different levels of authorities, organizations, and individuals, in order to achieve the governorate future environmental vision.
  • Identifying the cost of the proposed interventions and establish a time-phased action plan for implementations.
  • Identifying the institutional mechanism with clear roles and responsibilities for implementation, follow-up, monitoring and evaluation of the plan.

Period: December 2007– May 2008

Client: The Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA)/ DANIDA.

"Preparation of a Twinning Project Fiche for Developing an Integrated Hazardous Substances and Waste Management System"

The objective of this assignment was to support the EEAA in improving environmental and health status in Egypt as a result of sound management of hazardous substances and wastes through a twinning project with a similar European institution.

The specific objective of the project was to prepare a twinning project fiche in the field of integrated hazardous substances and waste management. The twinning operation prepared will help strengthen EEAA's institutional, policy and human resources capacities in the area of hazardous substances and waste life cycle management and in meeting the Government of Egypt obligations under international environmental conventions by adopting EU best practices in this field. The scope of work included:

  • Conducting a rapid review and preparing a brief assessment report on EEAA.
  • Drafting a Twinning Project Fiche including a detailed description of the twinning project objectives, activities to be implemented and results to be achieved.
  • Organizing a one day presentation workshop to exchange views and share comments of all stakeholders.
  •  Providing Technical Support to EEAA and developing Institutional Pre requisites arrangements (IPA) ensuring the achievement of the twinning mutually agreed results between the EEAA and the European competitively selected twinning agency(ies).

Period: September 2007– March 2008
Client: The Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA)/ The European Union; Niras A/S- Denmark, and Integrated Development Consultants (IDC).

 "Capacity Building Training Programme for Central and Regional inspectors and Technical Staff on Different Environmental Issues";  (Ref 2. 2007)

The Support to Decentralized Environmental Management (SDEM) is one of seven components forming the EEAA/DANIDA Environmental Sector Programme (ESP). The SDEM support in shifting environmental management to the regional level. The goal is that regional branch offices are well established and equipped, enabling the EEAA to carry out its functions at the local level and effectively service decentralized institutions involved in environmental management.

The overall objective of the SDEM component (of ESP) at the RBOs level is to strengthen participating RBOs, namely Greater Cairo & Fayoum, Suez and Assuit to be better able to fulfil their mandate according to Law 4/94.

IDC was responsible to provide a total training solution including the preparation, organization, coordination and delivery of 16 training courses for 418 central and regional inspectors and technical staff belonging to EEAA on various environmental issues including:

  • A training course on Joint inspection of health care facilities, qualifying 24 trainees selected by SDEM to be able to participate effectively and efficiently in environmental inspection activities, emphasizing the health care facilities according to their respective role in collaboration with other relevant stakeholders.
  • A training course on environmental disaster management; air pollution. Following the course the participants (24 trainees) will be able to participate effectively and efficiently in environmental disaster management activities according to their respective role in collaboration with other relevant stakeholders.
  • Six (6) training courses on Health Care Waste Management at Beni Suef Governorate Health Care Facilities to enable 154 trainees to implement a sound HCWM system at their health care facilities.
  • Six (6) training courses on Health Care Waste Management at Aswan Governorate Health Care Facilities to enable 175 trainees to implement a sound HCWM system at their health care facilities.
  • A training course on Inspecting Iron and Steel Manufacturing Industries, allowing 21 participants to be able to effectively and efficiently participate in environmental inspection activities emphasizing the Iron and Steel Industries.
  • A training course on the environmental inspection of Marine and Nile Ports was executed. The aim was to enable 22 trainees selected by the SDEM component to efficiently participate in environmental inspection activities related to Marine and Nile Ports.

Period: April 2007- December 2007.

Client:
The Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA) /DANIDA.

Preparation of the Environmental Profile for Assuit Governorate

Project objectives:
The objective of this assignment is to assist the Middle Upper Egypt Regional Branch Office (Assuit RBO) to develop background papers on different environmental issues to feed in the Assuit Governorate Environmental profile as well as to provide on-the-job training for the counterpart staff of the Task Force on the preparation of the environmental profile.

Scope of work: included

  • training of task force members on "Profile Design and Information Issues including GIS";
  • preparation of an environmental profile for Assuit Governorate

 

Period: March 2005 - July 2005

Client: Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA)/ DANIDA

Initiating the Decentralization Environmental Management (DEM) activities in Assuit Governorate

Project objectives:
The project aims to assist the Assuit Regional Branch Office (RBO) management in initiating the DEM component activities through providing a pool of short-term consultants.

Scope of work of consultants: included undertaking the following activities

  • assist in the preparation, implementation and reporting for the "DEM Activities Initiation Workshop" planned during November;
  • assist in development of the 2005 DEM Subcomponent 5 Annual Work Plan;
  • develop ToR for Assuit Governorate Environmental Profile Preparation;
  • Prepare a Solid Waste Management Profile as a model for profiling.

 

As part of the work process, the consultants aimed to implement capacity development activities in close co-operation with the director and task force of the RBO, to enable the RBO staff in Assuit to understand, integrate and apply techniques, methods and models developed and presented by the consultants.

Period: November 2004 - December 2004

Client: Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA)/ DANIDA

Investigating the Implementation of the National Environmental Action Plan (NEAP)

Project objectives:
The first National Environmental Action Plan (NEAP) was prepared by EEAA in 1992. It was updated in the period 1999-2002 and the updated version represents Egypt's agenda for environmental actions over the period (2002-2017). The NEAP provides strategic actions that could be interpreted into detailed plans.

Scope of work:

  • Preparing policies, strategies and plans for the implementation of specific programs to achieve the objectives
  • determining progress in the NEAP implementation;
  • Providing guidance for EEAA to coordinate with concerned entities regarding the integration of the NEAP in the national 5-year plan (2007-2012).

 

Period: December 2004 - December 2005

Client: Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA)/ DANIDA

Association: Institute of National Planning (INP)

Environmental Sector Programme – Environmental Management in the Governorates (EMG) of Aswan and Beni-Suef

Project objectives:
Under a direct contract agreement with the Environmental Management in the Governorates (EMG) component of the EEAA/DANIDA Environmental Sector Programme, IDC was responsible, under a direct contract agreement with the EMG Component, to provide a pool of 14 consultants covering the following fields: institution development, environmental training, information technology, environment profiling, GIS, sampling and monitoring, social surveys, solid waste management, wastewater/infrastructure, socio-economic analysis, and environmental impact assessment. This assignment aims to enable the EMG component to fulfil its objectives: (i) to enable the Environmental Management Units (EMUs) in the two governorates of Aswan and Beni-Suef to carry out their mandated environmental management functions; (b) participatory Governorate Environmental Action Plan (GEAP) process functioning in Aswan and Beni Suef, involving people at community level in identifying and rectifying environmental problems through community–based and replicable projects.

Scope of work: IDC's scope of work included active participation with international consultants in:

  • developing environmental action plans,
  • design and implementation of pilot projects,
  • developing HRD plans and implementation of training,
  • developing socio-economic profiles;
  • developing communication and public awareness strategies;
  • nstitutional and organizational development.

 

Period: October 2002 – March 2005.

Client: Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA)/ Danida.

"Conserving the Ecosystem of Lake Nasser and The Governorate of Aswan"

Project objectives:
This project aimed to develop a structural plan to conserve the ecosystem of the Lake Nasser and develop The Governorate of Aswan. This structural plan identified where development activities would take place, through a set of structural local plans, and detailed action programs. The plan also built a portfolio of packaged public and private investments for donors and investors to finance.

Scope of work: formulating the project document which defined objectives, outputs and activities, and detailed work-plan and budget. Tasks included

  • preparation for donors meeting to participate in the project,
  • updating existing tender document for awarding a contract to an international consulting firm for plan preparation and develop a selection criterion,
  • Establishing a monitoring team and preparing its working procedures and tasks.

 

Period: May 1997 – July 1997

Client: Ministry of Planning/UNDP

"Financial and Economic Diagnosis of Hazardous Waste Management in Egypt"

Project objectives:
To investigate the economic and financial conditions that determines the design and feasibility of HWM system (HWMS) in Egypt. The economic diagnosis was intended to quantify the direct impact of compliance cost on economic activity (mainly industry) on the aggregate level under free market conditions with minimum government intervention. The investigation focused on the structure of incentives that affect the behaviour of both the generators and the operators of the HWMS.

Period: August 1996 – November 1996

Client: Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA)

   
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